He'e Coalition

Large Group Notes

  1. HE’E Planning Meeting 1/17/2015

    February 1, 2015


    HE’E Planning Meeting

    January 14, 2015


    Japanese Cultural Center Manoa Grand Ballroom






    1. Bernadette Howard (CTE),
    2. Todd Simmons (Equality Hawaii)
    3. Bill Reeves (TLC)
    4. Paula Adams (Kaho’omiki)
    5. Tara Kelly (DLR Group)
    6. Scott Fuji (PHOCUSED)
    7. Donalyn Dela Cruz (DOE)
    8. Susan Rocco (SPIN)
    9. Kelly Miyamura (Hope Street Group)
    10. Ian Simoy (Hope Street Group)
    11. Christine Strobel (DOE)
    12. Kathy Bryant (HE’E)
    13. Amy Kunz (DOE)
    14. Malia Espinda (DOE)
    15. Kim Crutchfield (Military One Source)
    16. Jon Shindo (PHOCUSED)
    17. PJ Foehr
    18. Stephanie Shipton (DOE)
    19. Laurie Field (Planned Parenthood)
    20. Ethan Allen (PREL)
    21. Michael Wooten (Learning 1st)
    22. Corey Rosenlee (Campbell High)
    23. Mary Weir (FACE)
    24. Robert Mayor
    25. Meghan McCormick (Learning 1st)
    26. Cheri Nakamura (HE’E)




    4:00-4:10 Welcome


    4:10-4:40 Department of Education Assistant Superintendent & Chief Financial Officer, Office of Fiscal Services Amy Kunz

    Copy of presentation here.

    4:45-5:10 Director of Policy, Innovation, Planning, and Evaluation Stephanie Shipton

    Copy of presentation here.

    5:15-5:30 Executive Director, Equality Hawaii Todd Simmons


    5:30-6:00 Legislative Discussion





  2. HE’E Planning/Special Meeting, 9/9/2014

    September 17, 2014

    Mahalo to Randall Roth, Joan Husted and Marsha Alegre for presenting about the Hawaii Education Institute, an exciting new organization. HE’E members engaged in spirited dialogue and look forward to the Institute’s progress.  Three documents were presented at the meeting which are listed.

    The Institute will function as an education think tank with an overarching goal of improving the quality of public education in Hawaii so that more children thrive and more professionals reach their full potential as educators. The Institute will conduct studies that are independent, objective and nonpartisan, focusing on principles and practices of effectiveness.  It will also gather the perspectives and insights of principals and other administrators, teachers, parent groups and community leaders through surveys and focus groups; organize and promote public forums; and work directly with media to help ensure news coverage of public education issues that is predictably accurate, comprehensive and timely.
    For more information about the Hawaii Education Institute, please contact Randall Roth (President) and Darrel Galera (Executive Director), whose contact are in the first document.

  3. HE’E Special Meeting: Youth Risk Behavior Survey 7/16/2014

    July 31, 2014

    Special Meeting: Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 4:00-5:00pm at Topa Financial Center, Bishop Street Tower,  700 Bishop Street, Suite 1701. 


    Attendees:  Mike Wooten (Learning 1st), Kelly Owens (Learning 1st), Jon Shindo (PHOCUSED), Scott Fuji (PHOCUSED), Debbie Spencer-Chun (Adult Friends for Youth), Christine Hanakawa (PACT), Gordon Miyamoto (DOE), Lauren Baer (TLC), Lisa Talaro (TLC), Jennifer Ryan (DOH), Jennifer Dang (DOE), Susan Saka (UH), Tonya Lowry St. John (DOH), Cheri Nakamura (HE‘E)


    HE’E is please to have Tonya Lowery St. John, MPH Epidemiologist, from the Hawaii State Department of Health and Susan Saka from the University of Hawaii Curriculum Research & Development Group give a presentation on the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS).


    The YRBS monitors six categories of priority health-risk behaviors among high school students-behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence; tobacco use; alcohol and other drug use; sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection; unhealthy dietary behaviors; and physical inactivity-plus the prevalence of asthma and obesity.

    Tonya and Susan will review the 2013 Hawaii results as well as lead a Q&A session. HE’E members in the past have been interested in school safety which includes bullying and cyber-bullying but if there are other areas that you would like to hear about, please contact cheri@heecoalition.org.

    The Hawaii YRBS is part of the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For a comparison of Hawai’i data to the nation, visit http://nccd.cdc.gov/youthonline/App/Default.aspx.

    For more information on the Hawaii YRBS visit http://health.hawaii.gov/school-health/health-survey/ or http://apps.hidoe.k12.hi.us/research/Pages/YRBS.aspx.


    Detailed YRBS data reports by topic areas are available the Hawaii Health Data Warehouse www.hhdw.org.
    For a pdf of the 2013 Hawai’i YRBS report, click here


    For copy of presentation, click here.


  4. Special Meeting with Dave Moyer 03/12/2014

    March 20, 2014


    HE’E Policy Meeting

    March 12, 2014

    The Learning Coalition Office, 841 Bishop St. Suite 301

    4:00-5:30 pm



    1          John    Donlin  Kamehameha Schools

    2          Ernestine         Enomoto          Parents for Public Schols Hawaii

    3          Christina          Simmons          Parents and Children Together

    4          Carl      Ackerman        The Clarence T.C. Ching Pueo Program

    5          Gordon            Miyamoto         DOE Familly Suppport

    6          Meghan           McCormick       Wheeler Elementary/Learning 1st

    7          Bernadette      Howard           CTE University of Hawaii

    8          Wendy             Nakasone        US Army

    9          Kashmira         Reid     Parents for Public Schols Hawaii

    10        Susan  Emley   Parents for Public Schols Hawaii

    11        Jean    Grice   DODEA

    12        Kanoe Naone  INPEACE

    13        Shawn            Kanaiaupuni    Kamehameha Schools

    14        RJ        Rodriguez        HSTA

    15        Marguarite       Higa     Parents for Public Schols Hawaii

    16        Mary    Weir     FACE

    17        Kathy   Bryant HE‘E

    18        Kay      Fukuda            Waianae Place Based Alliance

    19        Susan  Rocco  SPIN

    20        Lauren             Baer    The Learning Coalition

    21        Matt     Lorin    The Learning Coalition

    22        Cheri    Nakamura        HE‘E



    4:00-4:15 Welcome


    4:15-5:30: HE’E is delighted to have Dave Moyer, Data Fellow of the DOE Office of Strategic Reform. who will discuss his project on the “School Report Card.”


    Ernestine Enomoto Notes:

    1. Data different from what is currently available on the SSIR. Beyond the student achievement data, I feel that the SSIR offers much of what was requested so I am concerned that if the newly designed Hawaii School Report Card is put into place, it might replace the SSIR. I hope Dave can reassure us that both reports will be available.

    2. Among the key questions at the meeting were a) what kinds of data? b) for whose needs, e.g. teacher’s need for individualized student growth data would be quite different than a school’s reporting; c) given that the unit of analysis will be school, and the inevitably comparisons by school will be made, how do you fairly represent a school, both qualitatively and quantitatively, to offer a holistic picture? d) how will the reporting be presented, e.g. published online, distributed widely? e) how might data be disaggregated and for what purpose? f) beyond student stats, what about information about programs (e.g. what specialize as well as standard curriculum), buildings and facilities (e.g. how ranked), resources available, and personnel besides teaching staff (e.g. admin, counseling staff, classified staff) ?

    3. Additional questions that I had – a) how will these data be collected in a consistent manner and solicited from schools? b) if these report cards reflect what is currently what the DOE has on file, what about prioritizing (e.g. compliance type data first, and more on programs and resources later perhaps). c) What the rollout/time frame for this project? d) And if a prototype is developed, when might we parents have an opportunity to comment on that prototype?

    Kashmira Reid Notes:

    – school size, average class size and average student: teacher ratio

    – admin and teacher retention or turnover rates (average number of years last 3 principals)

    – qualifications /degree level of teaching staff

    – full time/part time  nurses office staff? Separate room for sick kids?

    What qualifications does present nurse have

    – elementary – crossing guards? How many filled and unfilled?

    – is there a PTSA or other parent organization ? What is membership size?

    – what after school programs/ care are available

    – what state, regional or national awards has the school won?

    – what classes does it offer? Which languages?

    – how many clubs?

    – sports ? Co- curricular activities ?

    Facilities / built environment

    – condition of classroom, cafeteria

    – any gym, performance area, lab

    – age/last renovation/ upcoming major renovations funded/schedule

    – average ambient temperature in classroom? Which bldgs/zoom have a/c?

    High school

    -How many AP classes Are offered

    -Percentage of students enrolled in honors  classes /ap classes

    -any national merit scholars?

    -% stats on last graduating class – how many went to 4 year, community college, trade school, direct employment, no data

    -alumni association?

    – how many college admission counselors come into the school?

    We recently hosted a middle school night and all 5 tables had bullying and safety on their list of questions a and concern

    – how many incidents of a/b incidents

    – any data on bullying /cyber bullying?


    – technology -number or percent of those using computers / tablets in class

    – text books/ebooks – percent of classes where 100 % get issued a book

    – # of field trips / excursions per year

    – booster clubs ?

    Megan McCormick Notes:

    •           Parents for Public Schools- Parents want more descriptors in the data report, more QUALITATIVE than quantitative. How to do this?

    •           RJ wants to see retention data, although per school that data is extremely vague and not accurate.

    •           No reports are harmed in the creation of this report, we are just trying to make this report as useful as possible

    •           Also would be helpful to see data for students to drop out


    •           SPIN: need more data points for special education population, ELL population

    •           “It is important we are telling the stories about schools that need to be told” -Dave Moyer

    •           When media looks at the school report cards they are going to pull the first couple of data points, important that these data points be the important indicators about the school

    •           Add in the first one to attend college in the family data point

    •           Right now, ACT is under readiness and not standardized tests

    •           Side note brought up: Accommodations cannot be implemented on the ACT, therefore making the scores disproportionately higher per school, Kathy thinks that a side note needs to be included that would add to the advocacy effort for 504 and Special Education students

    •           Another data point that a college faculty member brought up is the data on how many students do senior projects? (May be a better predictor of college success than GPA)

    •           How is chronic absenteeism measured?

    •           Report card needs to cover the number of highly qualified teachers in a school, is that the most accurate predictor of teacher effectiveness though?


    Susan Rocco Notes:

    Legally required

    Want it to align with useful data

    Asking what would make it useful


    School Accountability Report


    Desired Outcomes

    How to find reports


    Data is changing:

    More data, more tools


    Sue:  Parent Report Card – thinking qualitative vs. qualitative

    More interested in descriptors than in the data


    Dave:  Has to be a data report.  Data is both qualitative and quantitative.  If data is richer in one area than another, may have to judge whether to add this kind of info.


    Feds think of it as a numbers report.  We have more flexibility

    •           What data are meaningful

    •           How best to represent the data

    •           How to share it


    *Willing to talk to groups


    Achievement and growth

    •           Math, reading, science

    •           Student growth percentiles

    •           National test scores (NAEP)


    Other:  GPA? ACT?


    Military families – a factor for military families coming to HI is wanting a comparison with other schools.


    What is happening to SSIR report?  Will that be retained?  Not a replacement effort


    Is there a teacher survey that tracks the degree to which a teacher would retain a student? Would give you a sense of the politics.

    Dave:  only SQS is given to teachers.


    Real concern about retention.  Board of Ed member stated all students not on grade level should be retained.  That makes up 80% of SPED students.  Along with discipline it is one of major factors leading to school failure, drop-outs.  Need to look into retention rates.  Is it political?  Need value base to discourage retention.


    Other measures of career readiness?

    Absenteeism?  Grades?  Predict earnings.

    Suggesting co-curricular activities? AP, dual enrollment


    ACT potentially has a point of relevance because it is associated with college.

    but cannot give accommodations for SPED, so all sped scores unreported.  No extended time allowed


    Quality of student projects


    Issue of transition plans.  Means something different in gen ed and reg ed.  Need to be sure students are engaged in their own plans


    What are kids doing with communities or communities involved with schools


    Attendance is a solid set of data

    Always data quality issues


    With military absenteeism may be related to dad being home from deployment.


    Student surveys:

    SQS + Tripod Survey- what students see in the classroom and how they are rating their learning environment.


    Retention of staff.  Turnover rate.


    Looking for an exceptional school – has opportunities that other schools don’t.  National awards.  # of clubs.  # taking PSAT.  Teacher: student ratio.  Built environment – maintenance backlog.  Do photos.


    Readiness: availability of ebooks, foreign languages offered.


    Engineers use quality rating – Q1 – Q4 common among builders.  Dave: Facilities doing that right now.  Will have an assessment rating for the state.


    Program concern – what kinds of programs are being offered.  Courses and course taking.


    What are opportunities at each school.


    How many exceptional students?  Brag page.


    Concern about high risk group masking performance of sped kids.  Disadvantaged kids outnumber sped by 2-3X   If they improve, looks as if all three groups improving-SPED, ELL, DIS—but often not the case.  No accountability for sped


    Issue of “n” size.  Need to come up with way to include students in small “n” groups (SPED and others).  Other states use “n” size of 20 or group two yrs of data together to have enough to report.


    Dave:  issue of breaking down data too far.  Gives false attention to some students.


    Teacher characteristics

    National board certified.  Advance degrees.  Other personnel.

    Ethnicity reflecting student characteristics


    DOD shows ethnicities of staff

    Average class size

    Match of teacher training to student needs

    Co-teaching, team teaching

    Admin characteristics difficult because only one administrator to school


    Jean Grice Notes:


    School Test Scores

    Teacher Survey Results (completed by students)

    Career Readiness Measures

    Senior Project

    National and Regional Awards


    SQ Ratings of Buildings

    E Books

    Teacher Demographics  (Advance Degrees, National Board Certified, ethnicity, etc.)

    Counselor to Student Ratio

    Co-teaching Options/Programs

    Average Class Size

    Meaningful Student Group Demographics (High Needs Students per Grade Level, Race/ethnicity, etc.)

    School’s Brag Page (significant honors/awards)

    AP Courses offered/available

    Suspensions & Expulsion Data


    Dual Enrollment Options

    Number students taking remedial courses in college (only UH data available)

    Number of students going to college

    Number of students that complete college (graduate)

    School Transition Plans

    Student Transition Centers




    One pager over view (printable)

    In depth online data (individuals can access desired detailed data)

    Foreign Language Translation

    Ability to compare two or three schools on screen (side by side)



  5. HE’E Quarterly Meeting 02/05/2014

    March 14, 2014


    HE’E Special Meeting

    February 5, 2014

    The Learning Coalition Office, 841 Bishop St. Suite 301

    4:00-5:30 pm





    4:00-4:15 Welcome


    4:15-5:00: HE’E is delighted to have Tom Hutton, Executive Director of the Hawaii State Public Charter School Commission, as guest speaker.  Tom will give us an overview and update on the status of Charter Schools in Hawaii.


    5:00-5:30: Announcements and Short Legislative Update




  6. HE’E Quarterly Meeting 10/21/2013

    November 14, 2013

    HE’E Quarterly Meeting

    October 21, 2013

    Japanese Cultural Center

    2454 South Beretania Street 




    Attendees:   Drew Astolfi (FACE), Melly Wilson (PREL), Vanessa Ott, Susan Rocco (SPIN/SEAC), Corey Rosenlee (Work to the Rules), Michael Wooten (Learning First), Steven Vannetta (Children’s Community Council), Melanie Bailey, Cary Miyashira (Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union), Christina Simmons (PACT), Tom Smith (Children’s Community Council), Stacey Gilette (KPAA Keiki to Career), Karen Ginoza (FACE), Paula Adams (Hahoomiki), Gordon Miyamoto (HIDOE), Cynthia Okazaki (PACT-KCFC), Wendy Kekahio (McREL), Jennifer Dang (DOE), Takashi Ohno (Capitol) Sue EMley (PPSHI), Ivalee Sinclair (SEAC), Kathy Bryant (HE’E), Cheri Nakamura (HE’E)

    4:00-4:10 Welcome


    4:10-4:30 Presentation by Amy Kunz, Assistant Superintendent and Chief Financial Officer of the Hawaii Department of Education. See presentation link here.


    4:30-4:50 Question and Answer


    4:50-5:00 Announcements


    5:00-6:00 Focus Group by uMinca, Inc., Christi Tran, Trent Ward, and Tom Pyun



  7. HE’E Quarterly Meeting 06/05/2013

    June 20, 2013



    HE’E Quarterly Meeting

    June 5, 2013

    Japanese Cultural Center

    2454 South Beretania Street 





    Attendees:  Kalei Inn, Mark Ellis (KSBE), Judy Layfield (KSBE), Shawn Kanaiaupuni (KSBE), John Doulin (KSBE), Steven Vanatta (DOE Children’s Community Council), Margaret Higa (Dyslexia Hawaii), Mike Wooten (Learning 1st), Jenny Lee (Hawaii Appleseed Center), Lauren Baer (TLC), Chris Jackson (Head Start), Kanoe Naone (INPEACE), Nolan Malone (McREL), Alex Teece (TFA), Meg McCormick (Learning 1st), Gordon Miyamoto (DOE), Renie Wong Lindley (Honolulu Friends),Kristin Douglas (Honolulu Quakers), Mary Weir (FACE), Karen Ginoza (FACE), Bob Campbell (USPACOM), Wendy Nakasone (US Army), Byron Nagasako (US Army), Kerrie Urosevich (Family Hui), Michal Nowicki (Learning 1st), Susan Emley (Parents for Public Schools), Roz Burton-Torres (Junior Achievement), Kathy Bryant (HE‘E), Cheri Nakamura (HE‘E)


    4:00-4:10 Welcome


    4:10-4:30 Kerrie Urosevich, Executive Director of Family Hui


    Kerrie will first present about Family Hui, a peer-led collaborative program which helps build the capacity of families to support their children. She will also share with Chris Jackson from the Head Start State Collaboration Office about the Executive Office on Early Learning’s efforts in creating statewide Family Partnership Guidelines, trainings and toolkits.  Finally, Kerrie will present on Ceeds of Peace, professional development created by Dr. Urosevich and Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng, which bring together teachers, families and community members to gain skills in supporting children and youth to be peacebuilding leaders in their communities.


    Family Hui 1 pager

    Ceeds of Peace 1 pager




    4:30-4:50 Question and Answer/Discussion


    4:50-5:00 Announcements


    5:00-5:30 Networking


    5:30 Closing



    Next Planning Meeting July 9, 2013 at The Learning Coalition-Please email cheri@heecoalition.org if you can make it

  8. HE’E Quarterly Meeting 4/3/2013

    April 19, 2013

    HE’E Quarterly Meeting

    April 3, 2013

    Japanese Cultural Center

    2454 South Beretania Street 





    Kathy Bryant (HE’E), Corey Rosenlee (Campbell High), Kimberly Kepner-Sybounmy (Innovative Consulting), Bernadette Howard (CTE State Director), Skyla Seltzer (Hawaii P-20), Christina Simmons (PACT), Jennifer Dang (Hawaii DOE), David Tome (US Navey) Sue Emley (PPS), Kelly Miyamura (TFA), Presley Pang (DOE), Nick Nichols (DOE), Deb Zysman (GBA), Cynthia Okazaki (PACT Kaneohe Family Center), Kay Fukuda (UH SEEDS PALS), Karen Ginoza (FACE), April Goodwin (Hawaii P-20, Kanoe Naone (INPEACE), Matt Lorin (TLC), Lauren Baer (TLC) , Lesli Yogi (Hawaii P-20), Carl Ackerman (PUEO), Jenny Lee (LEG), Chad Miller (Uehiro Academy)

    4:30-4:40pm Welcome


    4:40-5:00pm April Goodwin, Core to College Alignment Director at Hawai’i P-20 Partnerships for Education–P-20’s campaign on College and Career Readiness in Hawaii


    5:00-5:20pm Chad Miller, University of Hawaiʻi Uehiro Academy for Philosophy and Ethics in Education– Philosophy for Children (p4c)


    5:20-5:30pm Announcements


    5:30-6:15pm Networking


    6:15pm Closing




  9. HE’E Quarterly Meeting 11/07/2012

    November 27, 2012

    HE’E Quarterly Meeting

    November 7, 2012

    Japanese Cultural Center

    2454 South Beretania Street 




    4:00-4:10 Welcome and introductions. The purpose of this meeting is for HE‘E members to give a brief update on their organization’s activities and to network with each other, exploring collaborative opportunities.


    4:10-4:20 Cheri Nakamura-update on HE‘E’s activities, questionnaire.



    1. Good Beginnings Alliance
    2. Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice
    3. Hawaii Child and Nutrition Programs/Alliance for Healthier Generation
    4. Hawaii State PTSA
    5. Kaua‘i Planning and Action Alliance
    6. McREL’s Pacific Center for Changing the Odds


    4:20-5:00 Networking Break



    1. Parents and Children Together
    2. Pacific Resources for Education and Learning
    3. Teach for America
    4. The Learning Coalition
    5. USPACOM
    6. Voyager Public Charter School


    5:30-5:45 Networking Break


    5:45pm Closing


  10. Growth Model Presentation and Discussion 7/19/12

    July 21, 2012

    Ala Moana Hotel

    July 19, 2012 1-4pm


    Growth Model Presentation

    Guest Speaker Richard Wenning, President and CEO and Co-Founder, SchoolView Foundation

    Redesigned Accountability Discussion

    Stephanie Shipton Department of Education Office of Strategic Reform



    1. Kalei Kailihiwa (KSBE)

    2. Lauren Baer (TLC)

    3. Kaleimakamae Kaauwai (HCSN)

    4. Lynn Finnegan (HCSN)

    5. Jennifer Yan (DOH)

    6. David Morse (IEEE)

    7. Christina Simmons (PACT)

    8. Janelle Oishi (Healthier Generation)

    9. Jean Osumi (UH)

    10. Aly Emrick (TFA)

    11. Cynthia Okazaki (PACT)

    12. Karen Ginoza (FACE)

    13. Martha Guinan (UH)

    14. Susan Rocco (SPIN)

    15. Waialeale Sarsona(KSBE)

    16. Kanoe Naone (INPEACE)

    17. Leslie Milton (IAAK)

    18. Ed Korybski

    19. Ann Davis (HEM)

    20. Calvin Endo (HPTSA)

    21. Susan Endo (HPTSA)

    22. Kay Fukuda (Alliance for Place Based Learning)

    23. Jennifer Dang

    24. Kathy Jaycox (FACE)

    25. Joan Husted

    26. June Motokawa

    27. Joanne Shapiro (NSCP)

    28. Miki Tomita (UH Lab School)

    29. Rylan Yee (C4)

    30. Jeannie Yee (C4)

    31. Kathy Bryant (HE‘E)

    32. Cheri Nakamura (HE‘E)

    33. Sherry Chen (UPD Consulting)

    34. Richard Wenning (SchoolView)

    35. Stephanie Shipton (HIDOE)






    1:00-1:15 Sign in and Welcome


    1:15-2:15 Presentation and Q&A


    Richard Wenning gave presentation on Hawaii Growth Model. Presentation link is here.


    2:15-2:30 Break


    2:30-4:00 Discussion

    Kathy Bryant reviewed DOE one pager:


    “Supporting Hawaii’s Schools, Teachers, and Students Through a Redesigned Accountability System: Highlights”


    What: In order to better support schools, teachers, and students in achieving success, the Hawaii Department of Education (the Department) is developing a new accountability system. The new system, if approved by the US Department of Education through the ESEA Waiver process, will:

    • Compliment ongoing efforts to raise expectations for students and better support educators;

    • More accurately and fairly identify schools’ strengths and areas for improvement;

    • Target interventions and support strategies to reward high performing schools and address areas for school improvement; and

    • Support effective instruction and leadership.

    Principle 1: College and Career Ready Standards and Assessments

    Supporting all students for success after high school begins with the adoption and implementation of the high expectations found in the Common Core State Standards (Common Core). In 2010, Hawaii began the process of replacing the HCPS III standards with the Common Core. In the 2013-14 school year, all teachers will be teaching to new standards with supporting classroom materials and aligned tests.


    Principle 2: Differentiated Recognition, Accountability, and Support

    The Department of Education is working to develop and implement a new accountability system that better supports complex areas, schools, and teachers as they work toward preparing all students for success after high school. The new system will accomplish this by:

    • Redefining school success with a focus on student achievement, growth and readiness for college and the workplace;

    • Aligning existing reform efforts such as the Common Core State Standards, data teams, and educator effectiveness systems;

    • Using multiple measures to classify schools into one of seven performance levels that result in rewarding schools’ strengths and identify areas for improvement; and

    • Deploying targeted intervention and improvement strategies to struggling students and schools.


    Principle 3: Supporting Effective Instruction and Leadership

    High quality teaching is essential for preparing all students for success after high school. This makes effective evaluation and support of teachers one of the most important components of Hawaii’s education system. The new educator evaluation system will provide teachers and principals with objective feedback on their performance to identify strengths and areas for improvement in order to better target resources and supports.


    Smaller groups were formed and discussion centered around four questions:


    • Hawaii is currently required to report on and hold schools accountable for the performance of racial and ethnic subgroups that include groups that are not widely represented in Hawaii’s population. Should the Department change this? If so, what subgroups would be more appropriate? Should the category “Asian/Pacific Islander” be separated into two categories? Should the two groups be further refined and, if so, into what groups?

    • The current accountability system labels schools as failing or not failing based on the results of that year’s HSA scores. Should this change? Why or why not? Should a new accountability system include multiple measures of school/student performance such as graduation rates, attendance, test scores from that year, and growth in student performance over multiple years? Of the measures listed, which are the most important? Why? What other measures should the Department include?

    • Currently, the accountability system focuses on identifying low performing schools. As a result, high performing schools are not always rewarded for their success. Should high performing schools be recognized with incentives such as more freedom to decide how to spend their money, public events with key stakeholders in the state, blue ribbon recognition, or additional money? Why or why not? Of the incentives listed, which would be most effective? Why? What other incentives could the Department offer?

    • Community partners such as businesses, parents, non-profits, and community-based organizations can provide a wealth of resources and supports for schools and students. How should schools partner with the community? How can schools better communicate with parents? Why types of activities such as events, communications, or meetings could schools use to better engage parents?



    Stephanie Shipton arrived at 3:00pm and explained one pager in more detail and the timeline for submitting application.



    Late July – Early August, 2012 – A draft of the ESEA waiver application will be available for public feedback.

    September 6, 2012 – Deadline for submitting the application to the US Department of Education.

    September, 2012 – Peer review of Hawaii’s application


    HE‘E will work with Stephanie and the DOE to get the information to members.


    Meeting adjourned at 4:00pm.